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Associate Engineer Electrical

Requisition ID: R10063224

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: New Church, VA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is looking for an Associate Electrical Engineer to join our team in Wallops Island, VA.  As an integral member of the Antares integration, test, and launch operations team, the Electrical Engineer will support various aspects of the design, assembly, integration, test, and launch of the Antares launch vehicle to deliver supplies and scientific equipment to the International Space Station under the NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS2) contract.  Candidates will contribute to the final assembly, integration, test and flight of various orbital and sub-orbital space launch vehicle systems.

Northrop Grumman and Firefly Aerospace have joined forces to provide an American-build first-stage upgrade for the Antares rocket, allowing us to continue commercial resupply to the International Space Station while planning for future mission capabilities.   Learn more about our Launch Vehicles Business Unit here:

Specific duties may include:

  • Work in a fast-paced team environment performing launch vehicle avionics hardware & software system and subsystem level integration, test and launch operations.
  • Coordinating and leading Electrical Technicians performing functions supporting activities such as, integration, test, checkout, operation, and maintenance of complex electronic flight, ground testing and launching systems
  • Hands-on electrical integration and test of flight hardware; operating and maintaining electronic or electro-mechanical components, circuits or systems;
  • Reviewing, updating and maintaining test procedures utilized during manufacturing and launch pad operations for correctness and completeness against mission requirements, launch vehicle configuration, and component changes and modifications
  • Supports and leads the testing and/or evaluation/validation of electrical systems
  • Coordinating and performing testing with NASA, FAA, and Wallops Flight Facility Range and Safety personnel
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with launch vehicle Systems, Mechanical, Quality and Safety Teams.
  • Troubleshooting, documenting and dispositioning flight and test equipment hardware and software discrepancies and pursuing root cause and corrective actions;
  • Evaluating and implementing Lean solutions to decrease cycle times.
  • Maintaining launch day schedule by performing other duties as necessary.

Experience Requirements:

  • The candidate will possess a fundamental knowledge of and an understanding of the interrelationship of electronic hardware, electro-mechanical devices and control and data acquisition software
  • Hands on electrical integration and testing experience with multiple sub-systems or components involving a broad range of engineering disciplines such as; analog, digital, power, RF and embedded systems is desirable
  • Candidate must possess skills needed to interpret mission requirements, launch vehicle configuration, and component changes and modifications in order to update and maintain and perform test procedures.  Review test data to ensure that hardware has passed all required tests and is flight ready.
  • Knowledge and experience using test automation applications and data analysis tools such as LabVIEW and or MATLAB is desirable but not required.
  • Experience in the testing of space-flight instruments and/or spacecraft or related electronic and electro-mechanical components and systems is desirable but not required.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Science Engineering degree plus 0 years of experience.
  • Bachelors Degree (BS) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology or other related technical field
  • Able to work independently and complete assigned tasks without direct supervision
  • US citizenship is required
  • Ability to work in a fast pace team environment and multi-task
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Willing to work overtime and 2nd shift operations on occasions as required
  • Travel less than 5%




Salary Range: $61,900 USD - $92,900 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.